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SC grants six weeks to Govt on reservation issue

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) The Supreme Court today granted six weeks to the Union Government to place the report of Parliamentary Standing Committee report on the issue of providing 27.5 per cent reservation to OBCs in admission to educational institutions in the country.

Earlier, Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium informed the court that since the report was tabled in Parliament only on December 1, the government should be given some more time to file the copy of the report in this court.

A Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and S H Kapadia also asked the government to take into account the impact and relevance of the Nagraj Case judgement delivered by the constitution bench of the apex court recently, directing that 'creamy layer' should also be excluded from the benefits of reservation provided for SC/ST in admissions and jobs, including promotions.

The court also issued a notice on a petition challenging the 93rd constitutional amendment which gives power to the state to provide caste based reservation to the socially, economically and educationally backward sections of society.

The court also directed the government to file its response to the writ petition.The court adjourned the hearing for six weeks.

It may be noted here that the impugned order passed by Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Arjun Singh giving 27.5 per cent quota to OBCs in admission to educational institutions from the next academic year that is 2007-2008 has led to nation wide agitation by the medicos, crippling the health services in the country in April-May this year.

The apex court had to intervane to restore health services in the country keeping in view the welfare of the patients.

UNI AKS/SC SP HS1430

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